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JAHKING 14MM CORE Thermoformed Pickleball Paddle

How to Choose the Perfect Pickleball Paddle for Your Game

Pickleball, a sport that's gained immense popularity in recent years, relies heavily on the choice of equipment, particularly the paddle you wield on the court. Your pickleball paddle can significantly impact your performance and overall enjoyment of the game. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the process of selecting the ideal pickleball paddle that suits your playing style and preferences.

How do I know which Pickleball paddle to use? 

Choosing the right pickleball paddle begins with understanding the key factors that influence your decision:

Paddle Weight: The weight of your paddle can make a noticeable difference in your game. Lighter paddles typically offer more control, while heavier ones provide additional power. Consider your playing style and physical strength when making this choice. You always have the option of making a paddle heavier by adding lead tape, but never have the option of making one lighter than it was manufactured. Something to consider.

Grip Size: A comfortable grip size is essential for maintaining control and preventing hand fatigue during extended play. Measure your hand or try different grip sizes to find the one that feels just right for you. Note that the shape of the grip may also play a factor in comfort and fatigue.

Paddle Material: Paddle materials vary, with options like composite, graphite, and wood. Each material offers distinct advantages in terms of durability, power, and touch. Understanding the differences can help you make an informed decision. 

Surface Material: Surface has been a significant factor in the performance of a paddle. Certain materials will not only hit harder or softer, but can also determine spin on shots. At Triple J Pickleball, we use carbon fiber surfaces which are proven to provide great spin and control. Paddles that have painted grit or some sort of surface placed friction materials will typically suffer from game play and become less grippy. The advantage to having a carbon fiber surface is the toughness of the material to withstand losing grip. 

Is there really a difference in pickleball paddles? 

Yes, there is a significant difference in pickleball paddles, and these differences can affect your game in various ways:

Paddle Shape: Paddle designs come in different shapes, such as elongated, widebody, and standard. The shape impacts your reach, control, and spin. It's important to choose a shape that aligns with your playing style. Consider for example that a wide body paddle may provide an extremely large sweet spot but will limit your reach. However, with an elongated paddle, your reach may be greater, but the margin for error is also greater as the paddle being slimmer will increase the opportunity for rotation - as it often happens when you miss the sweet spot. 

Skill Level: Paddles are often categorized for different skill levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. Advanced paddles offer more control and finesse, while beginner paddles prioritize forgiveness. Assess your skill level honestly to make the right choice.

Specific Features: Modern pickleball paddles come with advanced features like textured surfaces, edge guards, and noise-dampening technologies. Understanding these features and their effects on your game can help you select the perfect paddle.

Do you want a 16mm or 14mm pickleball paddle? 

One of the key considerations when choosing a pickleball paddle is the thickness of the paddle's core, typically 16mm or 14mm. Here's what you need to know:

16mm Core: Thicker cores offer more control and touch. They are preferred by players who focus on finesse, dinking, and precise placement. A thicker core provides extra time for the ball to rest on the paddle surface (we're talking milliseconds here), allowing for more control over the shot.

14mm Core: Thinner cores offer more power and are less forgiving than thicker cores. The ball typically rebounds quicker and faster which increases the margin for pop-up shots. They are preferred by players who focus on power but have enough experience to compensate. 

Why are thermoformed paddles are better?

Thermoformed paddles have gained popularity for several reasons. These paddles are crafted using a unique process that involves heat molding the core material, resulting in a smoother and more consistent surface. This process offers the following advantages:

  • Durability: Thermoformed paddles are known for their robust construction, ensuring they can withstand the rigors of intense gameplay.
  • Consistency: The heat-molding process creates a uniform core, enhancing the paddle's overall performance and feel.
  • Control: Thermoformed paddles often excel in providing precise control over your shots (even with 14mm cores in comparison to most paddles), making them a preferred choice for players who value finesse and accuracy.
  • Foam wall Injection: Any good thermoformed paddle these days will be foam wall injected. This is the process of injecting a foam that covers the entire perimeter of the paddle which provides a sturdy paddle that will not snap at the neck in addition to vibration dampening and an increased sweet spot benefits.

What is swing weight in a paddle?

Swing weight is a crucial factor to consider when selecting a pickleball paddle. Swing weight refers to how a paddle feels in your hand during a swing. It's influenced by the paddle's weight distribution, balance point, and overall design. To illustrate this, consider holding a hammer by the head and swinging it like a paddle. It likely feels easy to maneuver, but if you rotate and hold the hammer properly, it likely feels much heavier to swing due to the weight being away from you. This is swing weight. 

A paddle with a balanced swing weight allows for smoother and more controlled strokes, while an unbalanced paddle can feel unwieldy. Understanding swing weight is essential for fine-tuning your game and choosing a paddle that complements your playing style. 

Triple J Pickleball - Your Source for the Perfect Paddle 

At Triple J Pickleball, we understand that every player is unique, with specific needs and preferences. That's why we offer a diverse range of pickleball paddles to cater to every skill level and style of play. Whether you're a power hitter (JAHKING Paddle), precision player (JUDGE Paddle), or a mix of both (JUDAH Paddle), we have the perfect paddle for you. Explore our selection today and elevate your game with the confidence of knowing you've made the right choice.


Selecting the perfect pickleball paddle is a personalized process that hinges on your unique playing style, preferences, and goals. Take the time to consider the factors discussed in this comprehensive guide. Your ideal paddle awaits, ready to elevate your game to new heights.

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